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have you made up your mind whether to take action against syria whether or not you have a congressional resolution approved? is a strike needed in order to your credit bit and will you enlist the support of the prime minister for support in syria. >> i didn't set a red line. the world set a red line. the world set a red line when governments representing 98% of the word's population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war. congress set a red line when it
questions about chemical and biological weapons and intelligence collection related to them. on syria, the national security agency monitored unen crypted communications at the start of the civil war until president assad's forces discovered it was taking place. one expert says because this disclosure is comprehensive
are experiencing what's going on right inside syria rather than us just talking about it from a distance. as we were watching the activity, it seems so many people are against intervention >> ever since we lost our show, every day, the community has been asking us to cover syria. >> no exaggeration >> a sample. allen asked for syria. amanda, syria. nicole, please discuss syria. alia, and we are all watching about syria. this is a mass relevance map. it shows in real lifetime exactly all social media active ty about syria. these red dots, it's concentrated in north america. here is a trends map. here is where syria is being discussed all around north america on twitter. >> the words, the darker the black, the more people are talking about it? >> there you go. it's l.a. my beloved bay area all the way in mexico. texas, madison, wisconsin, the east coast. even florida. so the entire community. we have had some very opinionated passionate responses. here is ali: where was this indignation years ago? this is like six years. we have one more joseph phillips summarizes, i think, the opinion of americ
formation of a transitional government body with full executive powers in syria. the adoption of this resolution is important as it is will not an end to the war nor to the enormous suffering of the syrian people. they humanitarian challenge, the security challenge cannot be resolved in any other way but through a negotiated political solution to the crisis. syria must engage in a political transition process that leads to respecting the aspiration of all citizens. consequently we encourage all concerned parties to take advantage of the positive dynamic that has been created in this case, chemical weapons, progress towards a cessation of hostilities towards the holding of geneva 2 and the necessary political transition in syria. any delay will only lead to more death and more suffering. mr. president, our attention is focused on the most recent chapters in recent days concerning chemical weapons we cannot forget the humanitarian catastrophe which continues to unfold in syria and its neighboring companies including lebanon and georgia and iraq and turkey. i would like to quote
hill. they're not very excited about potential military action in syria. you know, they're not happy with the, with the sequester spending cuts. and so barack obama is losing a little bit of his left-wing base. now how do you recapture that? one requested, melissa, would be to put someone at the left really likes in the position of federal reserve chairman. and of course that is janet yellen. janet yellen is the first choice of all liberals. melissa: yeah. >> in that case you would see larry summers being the fall guy. melissa: jonathan, what do you think about this? this was all the talk, before we got all wrapped up in the syria thing, this is on the front page
on three major stories, the u.n. security council getting ready to vote on a resolution to rid syria of chemical weapons. president oba president obama surprises iran's president with a phone call - another historic step towards the iranian nuclear program. >> my message to government is this - do not shut down the government or the economy. pass the bill and pay our bills. >> lawmakers told to stop the grandstanding and get down to business. >> it started with an agreement between the u.s. and russia. now the u.n. security council is ready to vote tonight. you're looking at live pictures from inside the un. the members are considering a resolution taking away syria's chemical weapons. the story has been followed from the u.n. what do we expect? >> we expect the vote to go through. all the hard work has been done in the build-up to the general assembly and in the middle. i don't think there's an issue. i think the security council will pass this vote that will rid syria of its chemical weapons. let's take our viewers back a step and remind them of how we got there. remember that issu
.s. military strike on syria saying he wants to get approval from congress first. >> in cairo where arab league foreign ministers hold a meeting on what happens next in syria. >>> radiation readings increase 18-fold in japan's fukushima power plant. and part of the global movement once again. afghan boys an girls join the scouts after more than 30 years. >>> nelson mandela has been discharged from a hospital after being treated for a lung infection. the south african governor says the formerer president is still in critical condition. doctors are convinced he can receive the same level of treatment at his home. we are joined from the phone from johannesburg. what can you tell us? >> caller: while this is going to be very welcome news from south africans. an effort to receive the same level of intensive care at home. hay have reconfigureed his home to allow for the equipment to be used there to maintain his critical condition and hopefully improve it. the health experts that have been treating him during his stay since the 8th of june for some time. medical team will be treating him at home. tha
be more convinced he was making the right choice all along. on no intervention in syria. he has actually said that recently a number of interviews and we have seen him out and about all over the place expressing his thoughts that he has kept previously behind. assad is not the endgame in syria. the goal is not to see a massive mess on the map. but he thinks that we can make this a whole lot worse than it already is. in the next year he faces the withdrawal of the united states from afghanistan and he would like us to still be there. this is one area he was quite relieved that we were there. he liked the idea that we were bogged down because we may be there and some kind of way in which we would stay, not where we would be heading out like the soviet red army headed out a couple of decades previously. he he looks at syria and probably doesn't spend every day thinking about u.s. but he spent a lot of time looking at this in the kgb, studying what the u.s. is up to. he does not think that they have thought up of anything -- thought of anything beneficial to russia. activityin all of the in
. >> the president presss for military action in syria but asks cons to bring back the idea first. >>> looking for evidence of a chemical attack, u.n. inspectors are out of syria and spend the next few weeks focusing on what killed more than a thousand people. >>> the national debate over intervention is growing even louder. we'll look at the o ongoing protest across the country. >>> moving a consensus or passing the buck. president obama's permission to seek on syria is met with disapproval and met with praise. patty reports from washington. >> as inspectors are back at the head of syria, a u.s. missiles strike seems imminent sending syrians fleeing across the border. a small group of protestors outside the white house urgeed restraint. their chants heard faintly in the rose garden as barack obama came out he wants to strike. he's great but now wants congress. >> while i want the authority without congress authorization know the country will be stronger if we take this forth and our actions will be more e e effective. issues are too big. >> reporter: but it won't happen soon. the president is
congress and a war-weary america on a military strike against syria. after two days of intense lobbying, the president left the g-20 summit with limited support. now the question is, will the commander in chief authorize military action even if congress says no? hello, i'm heather childress and welcome to "america's new headquarters." >> secretary of state kerry saying president obama is keeping all his options open and that he has made no decisions about waiting for a u.n. weapons inspectors report on chemical arms in syria. >> reporter: good afternoon. it may be a tough sell in congress. just today arkansas democratic senator mark prior put out a statement saying he is not onboard for the president's plan of a military strike on syria. the white house sent out information on the president's day today. before he left to play golf, this afternoon the president received an update from his chief of staff on the administration's latest consultations with members of congress. the president will make additional calls to members of congress this weekend." at the same time, secretary of state
. >> president obama says he wants to launch military strikes against syria but he'll take the issue to congress for approval. also, the russian president blasts the u.s. for planning intervention in syria insisting the alleged syrian attack was led by provocation of dragging the west into the conflict. meanwhile u.n. inspectors say they need to visit syria again to visit the sight of the attack near damascus. the latest here on r.t. >> live from our studio live in moscow. this is r.t. president obama has announced he wants to carry out a military strike against the country. but not without congressional approval. our correspondent has the details from new york. >> u.s. president barack obama has announced something of a shift in strategy with respect to military intervention in syria. most of the world was speculating that washington would strike damascus within the next 24 to 48 hours. but on saturday afternoon, president obama confirmed that the u.s. will take military action against syria, but first the u.s. leader says he will seek authorization from congress. speaking in the rose garden, o
to use military force in syria. property posed resolution limits the augtozigs to 60 days with a 30-day deadline with no u.s. troops to be included on the ground in syria. all this on the day the crucial hearings began on the power of the president si. president obama marshalling big guns trying to make the case for a strike on syria. >> forcing assad to change his calculations about his ability to act with impunity can contribute to his realization that he cannot gas or shoot his way out of his predicament. >> but assad must be held accountable for using these weapons in the international community. >> so will president obama get the votes he needs from the congress? >> i believe we cannot close our eyes to this clear violation of long-standing international norms. >> let's have a real debate in this country and not a meaningless debate. >> the clock clearly ticking tonight, showdown syria. >>> we're going to begin with the big story, critically important news with one senator who was front and center at the hearings today before the foreign relations committee. listen this heated exch
, the president making the case for military action in syria. >> the assad regime brazen use of chemical weapons is a threat to global peace and secretary. >> is the rebel opposition a less of a threat. >> they are car peppeders and black smith and dentist. >> is the president sure about that? do we know what we are getting to into syria. >> back in kindergarten. >> i am okay with it. our culture dictates that you can't start early enough. >> the governors take on america's culture crisis. ♪ ladies and gentlemen, governor mike huckabee. (applause) >> thank you. thank you very much. great studio audience here and welcome to huckabee from the fox nows studios in new york city. well, these are strange times we are living in. republicans like john boehner are siding with president obama and democrats are. charlie rangle said he was embarrassed of the president on this. and you know things are really weird when deafed letterman said this. >> looks like we are getting ready to teach syria a lesson and president obama said he never term red line. remember we find out if they use chemical weapons in s
military strike in syria. right now, the president's politic the future hangs in the balance. would the commander in chief actually authorize military action even if congress says no? with majority of americans against military intervention, the president has yet to convince u.s. allies to support his push to punish syria for its use of chemical weapons. secretary of state john kerry's overseas trying to draw in more international support. and he is set to speak in an hour. and then, there is the question of israel. anxiously waiting for word on what's next, as it readies for a worst-case scenario. a full hour lined up starting with former israeli ambassador to the u.n. and a must-see interview, one of the few americans who knows syrian president assad personally, tells us how a once promising leader turned into a brutal dictator. "america's news headquarters" live from the nation's capital starts right now. >> tuesday, president obama plans to address the nation, explaining why america needs to support his call for action in syria. tomorrow night, vice president biden will be havin
in syria and why they're convinced the tapes are authentic. u.s. secretary of state john kerry meets with arab ministers overseas and where they stand on a potential strike in syria. >>> ail along, syria's border of lebanon, a refugee crisis escalated with thousands of people living in filth for shelter and forced to pay money to stay safe. >>> president obama is getting ready to make a major pitch to congress and to the american people on why the u.s. should launch an attack on syria. tomorrow night, he'll give interviews to journalists from six television networks and cable including our own wolf blitzer. on tuesday night he lays out his case to the american people from a speech from the white house at 9:00 p.m. eastern. meanwhile, u.s. secretary of state john kerry is talking about why the administration showed a senate committee extremely graphic videos of a suspected ser ran gas attack. they are extremely graphic. men and women and children all seen convulsing on the ground struggling to breathe and some are dead. he said it's important congress knows what's at stake before they
intervention in syria. we will tell you more next. the violence has reached a small town near the nation's capital holding one of the oldest christian minoritieses in the world. the growing concerns coming up. and don't forget to put your best face forward. the department of homeland security is putting together a huge data face for facial recognition. does it help law enforcement? more on that in today's show. >> you are watching r.t. we begin today with syria as the debate for and answer a military strike continues in congress. president obama cleared a major hurdle by gaining approval from the senate foreign relations committee as they voted 10-7 on their own version of military authorization but it hasn't been easy for the administration to continue that momentum. giving a full breakdown on the numbers behind the fight is our chief political commentator. >> i have long believed our power is rooted not just in our military might but our example as a government of the people by the people and for the people. that is why i have made the second decision. i will seek authorization for the
. >>> the obama administration speaking out about the disturbing videos of the attack in syria and says it's urgent congress sees the images. we'll tell you why. >>> secretary of state john kerry pushes for action abroad and reveals information where a key u.s. ally stands on a potential allied strike in syria. >>> members of armed forces go online to oppose a strike. descent within the military. straight ahead. >>> secretary of state john kerry is very busy trying to get the united states to use military action against syria. >> we are seeking to enforce preventing chemical actions in syria and not seeking to become engaged or part of syria's civil war. syria was on the agenda and foreign affairs reporter elise is there in london traveling with the secretary. defense secretary kerry will be meeting with who today? >> he's meeting with mahmoud abbas. this trip was supposed to be focused on the middle east peace process which secretary kerry has been spending a lot of time in since he took office. clearly, syria ecliped that. he met with the foreign ministers of the arab league and seemed t
.s. strike on syria. >> back on the hill and facing pressure from the white house, congress getting ready for a vote on the issue. >> swimmer diana nyad taking on scenics that are questions her recent feat. >> russia is now offering and idea that it says could forestall military action on syria. russia saying that it could urge syria to put its chemical weapons under international control if that would avert military strikes. in an hour, congress goes back to work in washington. tonight, president obama will be making his case to the american public in 6t.v. interviews. with start with london. phil, first, what do we know about this plan? >> coming out of moscow, we didn't hear too much, just the idea being floated. we did hear secretary of state john kerry saying in an off hand comment that assad could avoid to strike if he gives up all his chemical weapons, but he's not going to do that. where we are hearing a little bit more of the specifics is actually coming out of the united nations, and the head of the united nations has made a comment here in which he said that he has actually bee
for an endeavour he is now abandoning, talking about a strike against syria, manage that seemed imminent. now on thin ice, thanks to vladimir putin of all people, so much to get into, we have a delayed vote, syrians admitting the very chemical weapons they refused to admit they have, russians saying they will help get a international forcing it to police said weapons that vladimir putin argued that syria did not have. so mainlie many lies and so lite to avoid a strike against a sovereign nation this time, so it's all about an hour ahead. president has to stake out a position, the speech i was planning a few days ago about why we have to strike syria, i'm still going to make it but with big old pro viceos and -- proviseos and big changes, party barnes out -- peter barnes outside of the white house. >> reporter: that is right, president tonight will call for a pause in action on capitol hill toward a vote on a resolution that includes a military option against syria over its chemical weapon stockpile. and a regular regular that was in trouble anyway, looking at vote tracking, as compiled by was
stories and breaking news. jon: the senate could vote today to authorize a strike on syria, as senator john mccain, one of the president's allies up to now says he is not in favor of the proposed resolution and the president today saying he did not draw a red line when it comes to syria. the world did. ambassador john bolton weighs in. >>> the big guns making a big push for the obamacare rollout with the deadline less than one month away. can bill clinton win hearts and minds when it comes to the president's signature legislation? karl rove with his take. >>> and a monster takes his own life. kidnapper and rape it ariel castro found hanged in his prison cell. the latest from cleveland just ahead, all "happening now." jon: and good morning to you on this wednesday, lots of action already today on capitol hill as a possible vote on a strike on syria gets closer by the hour. i'm jon scott. jenna: that's what some say. jon: it could happen. jenna: we'll see what happens. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee and the senate foreign relations committee said they could vote as early as today on a draf
for the g-20 summit, but the global economy is expected to take a back seat to the showdown over syria as the u.s. looks to build support for a military strike. >> it is being debated on capitol hill. it will be sent to the senate for a full vote next week. >> aerial castro takes his own live in prison. the women he held captive for a decade have remained silent, but their neighbors have plenty to say. >> this is all about money. nobody cares about who's houses are falling down or who's got health problems. >> the leaders of the largest native american tribe are looking to get into the energy business. but plans to buy up the coal mine is called greed, not about its people. >> president obama is going global as he presses for action in syria. he arrived in russia within the hour for the g-20 economic summit, while the situation in syria is expected to top the agenda. top aids are trying to convince congress to approve a military intervention in syria. a committee voted to authorize a limited strike sending it to the senate for a full approval. the senate and house may be harder to conv
the crisis in syria. speaking of strained relationships, lawmakers feeling the heat from the constituents. latest polls show 59% of americans do not want the u.s. to take military action inside syria. how will that sentiment affect the vote? we'll take a closer look. pope francis making a personal plea to the russian president and find a peaceful solution for syria. the g20 summit formally began in russia's second largest city, st. petersburg, designed to bring the top economic powers together and this year's meeting has one main issue hanging over it, what to do about syria. president obama is openly looking for allies to join his call for military strikes on syria. the president is convinced that syrian troops used chemical weapons against civilians there, killing hundreds of men, women and children. back in the states president obama, rather, obama officials, they are holding closed door briefings with lawmakers today, hoping to secure more votes in favor and even the pope now getting involved in this debate. pope francis wrote a letter to the g20 leaders asking them to seek peace thro
on c-span2. >> next, due to recent events and syria book tv has put together the following programs featuring authors talking about there role of serious assad, the recent conflict there, and the influence of the u.s. in the middle east today. we will be hearing from authors. we begin with former cia analyst phil and levirate, author of inheriting syria the trial by fire of bashar al assad. in this clip from 2005 he talks about how president sought was viewed by washington and the bush administration following 9/11 and questions what a post n sought syria would be like?my >> the book from my perspective has two objectives.ve first of all, i want it to provide an actionable analytic portrait of bashar al assad as a national leader. this is something that i think is very much needed is very much needed. if you look at the really outstanding books that have been written on syria in the last 20 years, you would certainly include the political biographies of his father, by steele, but both of books are more than 15 years old. there's been very good writing on the israeli syrian negotiati
." this is about 40 minutes. ..the situation in syria we turn to -- host: to continue our coverage of the situation in syria, we have shibley telhami, author of the book "the world through arab eyes." -- to start with your take on the agreement on syria's chemical weapons. you agree the obama administration was successful in what they were trying to do? wast: whether or not this an accidental agreement or intended, it almost doesn't matter. i am prepared to give president obama the credit for it. i think in the end, this is the best he could of gotten. i think war was a risky option, especially without internationally -- >> you can country, you open up the possibility of a prolonged war. and here was a case where, since of president made his case the nation specifically on chemical weapons and the assad regime's violation on that issue, a military strike had no chance of taking others, go weapons. it would have been dangerous. the president did not promise that. he promised that as punishment to prevent him from using them again. goalsdid it achieve the -- the line gu guest: obviously the devil is
to set guidelines for removing chemical weapons from syria. it was announced yesterday that five the council's permanent members including the u.s. and russia had come to an agreement on a resolution and it's now going to be brought before the other members of the security council for consideration. reuters has a story on a resolution saying the major sticking point up to this point was russia's opposition to enforce compliance with the threat of sanctions or military force. the article goes on to say the draft resolution makes the measure for removing weapons legally binding but provides no automatic enforcement of syria fails to comply. instead the security council would have to draft a second resolution and we will take a look now inside the room. the security council meeting and watch as they all come together. just take a look here as is the meeting comes together. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> we are live at the u.n. in new york city at this hour. the security council meet
pick targets in syria if there's a missile strike. >> i expect they're across the border in to syria. >> anybody else in the region? >> you have to talk about iraq with a military over a million folks. we, the united states, helped train the military and involved and distracted in their own sectarian missions and challenges. egypt is displaced on the front page by syria and in the middle of a coup and government transition but a modern, capable military. a country that's not a member of the arab league is turkey. turkey has a modern military, member of nato and in the neighborhood and borders sir why. >> and vested interest in the region. i'm certain we'll talk about it more in the weeks and months to come. >> thanks so much. >>> we have much more ahead in the newsroom and it all starts right now. >>> it's third hour of the "newsroom" this sunday. hello, everyone. a look at the top stories this hour. in less than 24 hours congress returns to washington to debate but can lawmakers be convinced the syrian regime is to blame for a seuspected sarin gas attack? members of the u.s. armed f
begins a major push to win congressional and public support for a military strike on syria. looking for international support for a strike against syria john kerry travels to london to meet with britain's foreign minister. and a new report shows the progress of reconstruction in iraq given millions of u.s. tax dloors. >> a thai jetliner skidding off the runway, and injuring 14 people. ollars. >> a thai jetliner skidding off the runway, and injuring 14 people. >> and congress returns from recess this morning. the very first votes on whether to authorise the use of military force in syria is expected within days. president obama and vice president joe biden met with a group of congress who are on the border of whether there should be a strike. kimberley halkett reports from washington. >> dennis mcdonough makes the case for why members of congress should authorise the president's request to carry out strikes on syria. >> how congress chooses to answer the question will be listened to in damascus and in tehran and among the lebanese hezbollah. >> it's an issue of regional security and
." >> happening right now, breaking news we're following. syria embracing a proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control. this comes as president obama faces one of the most crucial tests of his entire presidency, trying to make the case for military action against syria. is it a serious attempt? right now unfolding by syria to avoid a u.s. attack? also happening now, the former secretary of state hillary clinton is visiting the white house and she's supporting the president's plan on syria. she's breaking her silence. she strongly backs his decision to ask congress to authorize military action. we expect to hear from the former secretary of state. that's coming up in a little while. also right now, the obama administration under pressure to make the case for military action. a new poll shows it's a very tough sell. syria is likely to dominate the white house briefing that is about to get under way. while the white house press secretary prepares to face reporters, i'm preparing for my interview later today with president obama. i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we want to welco
their efforts to defuse the situation in syria. nothing set yet. nothing decided. but the u.n. security council members, the five permanent members might meet later today to try to work on that plan to take control of syrian chemical weapons. >> there are so many people skeptical that a diplomatic deal can even be reached. france is pushing a five-point solution, a resolution, russia and western nations are fighting over whether the u.n. should authorize military attacks on syria if it violates a diplomatic agreement. any resolution would need approval from the u.s., france, britain, russia, and china. >> of course, the five permanent members of the security council. they have veto power when it comes to resolution. the p-5 as they're called. a report just out from the united nations says both sides in the syrian war are guilty of grave crimes. not the first time that will allegation has been made. crimes that include murder, torture, and hostage taking >> the report looks at nine massacres, eight believed to have been carried out by the government and one by the opposition. our nick paton wals
. the g-20 summit comes to an end with no consensus on the syria crisis. >> the justice official slams britain over data protections. the revelations keep coming in. merkel's job boost his ratings after the televised debate. >> the summit has come to an end with no movement on the crisis in syria. the u.s. and russia are as far apart as ever. >> a possible military strike against the regime. russia is dead against it and only france looks to actually join any military action. >> congress will soon have its say. obama is warning that diplomacy has become paralyzed. >> the differences over serious seem to spill over into the traditional family photo. seldom has the group appeared so uneasy with vladimir putin keeping the event as brief as possible. barack obama highlighted the frustration that the rejection of a military response to the use of chemical weapons in syria. >> the international community is paralyzed and frozen. if it doesn't act, the norm begins to unravel. and if that norm unravels, other norms and prohibitions start unraveling and it makes for a more dangerous world. >> o
>> good evening, everyone, welcome to al jazeera and our special coverage of the crisis in syria. tonight president obama is focused on winning support for his proposed attack on syria. >> obama: my credibility is not on the line. the international community's credibility is on the line, and america and congress' credibility is on the line. >> we have a number of new developments on syria to tell you about. in congress the senate foreign relations committee voted in favor of the limited attack while the secretary of state testified before the house committee looking for support mr.. syria's neighbors are demanding international help to deal with 2 million refugees who have flooded across borders. what is called the worst humanitarian crisis in decades. and we begin with the latest from washington, d.c. the senate foreign relations city vote. randall pinkston has been following that story, and he joins us now live. >> john, it was a successful vote for the obama administration in trying to gain congressional support to prescribing in syria, 10-7. on the hour side it was rough sled
stated he did not set a red line on syria and chemical weapons. president obama said that the world instead had set a redline and asserted further that his credibility is not at stake now as many critics and supporters have suggested. many said his credibility is not an issue either but the credibility of congress itself. the white house issuing the redline ultimatum to syrian president assad at least seven times over the past year. we will be taking all of this up determining if the presiden pres trying to pass responsibility for his own ultimatums and threats to assad and his decision to authorize punishment with foreign affairs committee member who presbytery of states john kerry o on the president's plan in a hearing held today. the syrian resolution passes the senate foreign affairs committee after members capitulated to the demands of senator john mccain. the senator joins us to assess the strike plan and the market rally finished just shy of triple digits, but it is the second rally in two days in the largest one-day point in percentage gain for the dow in a month. offering h
's considering and, quote, running to ground, a russian proposal that would avoid u.s. missile strikes on syria in return for syria turning over all its chemical weapons to international weapons inspectors to be destroyed. it all started out as an answer to a question in london this morning by his secretary of state, john kerry. >> is there anything at this point that his government could do or offer that would stop an attack? >> sure. he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week, turn it over. all of it. without delay and allow a full and total accounting for that. but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done, obviously. >> the state department quickly called that a rhetorical argument and not a real proposal from kerry. but within a few hours, the russian foreign minister turned kerry's answer into a concrete proposal that suddenly started gaining traction around the world and on capitol hill. shortly after that announcement, syria's foreign minister released a statement lacking details but saying syria welcomes the russian pr
can be avoid if damascus comes over to the u.n. we don't know if syria will agree to that. if they do, russia will immediately work with damascus tie chief that. >> reporter: he has welcomed to russian proposalle but it's far from clear whether that means the assad regime will agree to oh new plan. the next in a far moveing chain of events came here in new york. the russian plan became a u.n. one with strong support from the secretary general. >> i'm urging the security council to demand the transport of syria's chemical weapons to places inside syria where they can be safely stored and destroyed. >> reporter: if syria says yes to transferring its chemical stocks to international control, how quickly can you, t*upb, respond to take control of those stock? es what's the time frame? >> i think that is the proper way for syria to do. the agree to those proposals then i think the international community will have a very swift action. syria must agree to this. >> the u.n. secretary general makes it sound simple but even if syria hands over its chemical weapons and that's a big if, there's
's a development. it's really important to remember that syria has an extremely, extremely low level of credibility. he has denied even having these poisonous gases, these chemical weapons. so for such a diplomatic solution to be possible, the assad regime must act and act quickly to prove their offer is real and not merely a ploy to delay military action or the action of the senate. any agreement must also insure chemical weapons in the hands of syria can be secured. and this must be done in an open to process, even in the midst of the ongoing war. this is no classified information, but we know exactly where the chemical weapons are. any agreement must insure if syria's unable to transfer this poison to the hands of terrorists hezbollah, for example. such intent would be met with a rapid response from government. and it would be a robust response. i'm glad the administration's considering looking closely at what is taking place in the international community. russia, syria, france is involved. for are you -- for russia i hope this will mark a change away from confrontation and towards constructive
circumstance in dilemma. president obama's says he has decided to attack syria, but he has also asked congress for approval before taking such action. the 535 members of the congress and said began their hearings over whether to strike syria over alleged chemical weapons use. already the house speaker, majority leader have consented to the president's plan, which he promises will be limited and proportionate. without american troops being involved at all on the ground. amelia in full support of the president. the president has not succeeded in forming a consensus among the powerful chairman of the committees in the house. at least one democratic chair in the senate disagrees with the president's approach. in the house president select committee on intelligence chairman mike rogers welcomed the responsibility for the vote. the michigan republican said, at the end of the day, congress will rise to the occasion and approved a strike on syriaa his counterpart in the senate wants president obama to make that decision himself and tell chair senator dianne feinstein telling time magazine that there i
committee in washington to hole a hearing on whether to authorize the use of military force against syria. >> i didn't set a red line. the world set a red line. >> president obama seeks support for military action against syria overseas. the president will make the case to congress for military action in syria. >>> we are waiting for a house foreign affairs committee to get their hearing underway in washington. you can see everyone is gathered there now. all the media. they're going to be discussing, obviously, whether to authorize the use of military force against syria. this is happening as the president's request is making its way through committees in both the house and senate, and then, of course, the two chambers will come together and recollect reconcile their proposa proposals. we start with paul at the capitol rotunda where all the action is happening right now. paul, what is going to be different today that what we watched happen with the senate committee yesterday? >> reporter: well, richelle, it's going to be a lot different once that house committee meeting finally begins. ob
on syria from the go 20 summit in russia. >> i was elected to end wars and not start them. >> president obama says he's not itching for military action but will confront syria. discouraging news on the u.s. labor front as the government releases new employment numbers. >>> president obama made one last push at the g-20 summit for action in syria. he's encouraged by his meetings with world leaders and spoke of growing recognition that the world has to act with the host of this year's g-20 is russian vladimir putin had a very different take on things. we're joins by mike viqueira in st. petersburg. the first press conference went a little long a tad bit was russian president vladimir putin and batting cleanup, if you will, was u.s. president barack obama. he only took about four or five questions, but he gave very lengthy answers to the questions. the bottom line, he seems to not be wavering on his position, but he answered -- was asked rather some rather pointed questions and answered some, did not answer others. one question that really struck me is he was asked specifically about repor
and blood samples that syria used serin and that the u.s. has to act. that decision is now up to congress. president obama said he will seek congressional approval for action and his administration is busy makecation, a classified briefing to members of congress is getting started. officially congress isn't back in washington until september 9th, but the senate foreign relations committee will hold a hearing on tuesday and we've already heard a lot of reaction to the president's announcement from washington and around the world. we start our coverage in damascus, syria, with bill neely, i itm, in damascus. what has been the response to president obama not striking before getting u.s. congressional approval? >> reporter: the first reaction from here came, i'd say, about two minutes after he finished speaking at the white house, when syria's army began shelling rebel held districts in damascus after day of calm. after that came the mocking-in newspaper headlines one saying the american retreat starts here. the ministers and diplomats weighed in, the ambassador to the united nations saying o
ministers in paris today saying saudi arabia has approved international military intervention in syria. other support is uncertain and kerry emphasized urgency. >> some of the other countries that weren't certain whether they could but might have wanted to wanted to go home and consult with their leaders in order to get decisions. but everybody understood that the decisions needed to be made within the next 24 hours. >> president obama will address the nation on syria tuesday night at 9:00 eastern from the white house. before the president speaks to the american people, his team is pushing forward with a massive lobbying effort on capitol hill to turn the tide of opinion in favor of a military strike in syria. pentagon correspondent barbara starr standing by with more now. barbara, who's taking part in the lobbying effort? >> reporter: it's as you said, don, 24 hours from now everything changes in washington when congress officially comes back to town. the lobbying blitz will be on. first thing monday morning. it is already started a little bit, however, on this sunday night in washing
special coverage of the crisis in syria. >> we don't want just a stalling or delaying tactic. >> president obama responds to a potential diplomatic solution to the crisis. and syrian president remains defiant. ♪ >> we are following several important developments tonight regarding syria. on capitol hill senator are speaking out about whether to authorize strikes on chemical weapons in syria. members of the house heard from the secretary of state behind closed doors, he wants congress to hold syria accountable. as congress considers the options, newly released polls show the u.s. strike against syria is losing ground, but russia has offered up an 11th u.s. military action. and syria is demanding the u.s. prove its chemical weapons acquisition. but we begin with president obama tonight. mike viqueira joins us from the white house. mike? >> they call it the bully pulpit and wih good reason. the president did a round robin interview today. he laid out his case. many of the themes and points we are likely to hear in that address tomorrow night, we understand it will be the east room. but every
in the world. >>> syria should transfer its chemical weapons to safe sites where they can be stored and destroyed. this is the new idea being put forth by russia now with possible backing by u.n. secretary general. so let's take a look at these latest developments happening today. russia saying it could urge syria to put chemical weapons under international control if that would avert military strikes. just two hours from now congress goes back to work in washington will limited debate could begin with a first vote possible concerning those strikes on wednesday. and tonight president obama makes his case in six tv interviews. meanwhile syria's president bashar al-assad is saying if president obama strikes syria he will only be helping the terrorist. assad denying that his regime launched a chemical attack. >> our military, our police police, our institutions, don't exist. how can you talk about what has happened if you don't have evidence. we are the government that deals with reality. >> this war is against the interests of the united states, why? because this is the war that is go
a strong case to reach a political settlement on the issue of syria, and demanded that the security council enforce a ban on chemical weapons. in studio with us throughout the speech is professor michael oppenheimer. and you listened to the speech. did we hear today the beginning of what some might call the obama doctrine? >> well, i think we heard reinforcement of the obama doctrine. this is a doctrine of restraint in the use of force. an emphasis on core interests, and being very specific about what those core interests are, in the case of the middle east, they involve proliferation, maintaining oil supplies through the middle east, counter terrorism, and defending our allies. those are the four core interests. >> and some what conciliatory some would say concerning the past, saying we are no longer looking to influence the outcome of these changes in the world, but simply watch them take place and make sure those who want their voices to be heard, be heard. >> that's right. it is a speech that should be quite appealing to middle east audiences, and also to the american audience, which al
>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in geneva to try to hammer out a deal on syria. he will sit down with his russian counterpart in hopes of dismantling syria opossum of weapons. meanwhile, the fighting -- syria hoss chemical what -- syria's chemical weapons. meanwhile, the fighting goes on in syria. >> it is happy 40th birthday to paris' other famous tower. you're watching "france 24." u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in geneva, set to meet with russian foreign minister sergey lavrov. they will be hammering out the deals of a plan on stopping syria's chemical weapons that was put forth by russia earlier this week. the plan aims to avert u.s. military action on syria over a chemical at -- what -- chemical weapons attack. brock obama made a speech saying he still preferred a diplomatic solution -- barack obama made a speech saying he still preferred a diplomatic solution. syria says it will not give any of its arsenal over unless the international community agrees to a deal. even then, it is not giving any guarantees. >> the diplomatic wrangling is well under way a
>> senator corker released a statement reacting to a russian proposal that would have syria place chemical weapons under international control. in it he said, quote, while at this point i have healthy skepticism this offer will change the situation, i do know it never would have been floated if the senate foreign relations committee had not approved authorization for the use of force last week. we will get more reaction on syria with the senate gaveling in right now. the chamber will take a break from 12:00 to 2:15 eastern so senators can meet with president obama on capitol hill. we will bring you any reaction from those meetings and we go live to the floor of the u.s. senate. to pray with power. bless today the work of our lawmakers, empowering them to accomplish your purposes on earth, guided by your wisdom and courage. inspire them to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you, as you give them the gifts of increasing awareness and openness of heart. teach them to bring harmony from discord and hope from despair. we pray in your eternal name. amen. the president pr
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